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OAC Weekly Snapshot, February 17-21

by User Not Found | Feb 21, 2014
Hope you all had a great week! Here are some highlights:


  • New Opportunity for Educators: Earn a Personalized Learning Share Badge – With our commitment to growing a robust professional learning network, we are introducing a series of professional practice badges OAC educators can earn throughout the remainder of this school year. Badges will serve as endorsements of knowledge and skills by recognizing professional learning, demonstrated expertise, and other achievements. Earning badges will help you enhance your practice and connect with your OAC peers. And, depending on district approval, you can also earn CEU credit for completing a badge.

    Sound interesting? Check out the first badge in our series—the Personalized Learning Share Badge. OAC educators can connect, share, and collaborate with each other on the OAC Collaboration Space anytime, anywhere. By earning the Share Badge, you will explore the features and functionality of the Collaboration Space, build expertise about using the Collaboration Space, and begin to connect and share with your peers. Get started here (use your Ohio Portal username and password to log in)!

    If you have questions, please contact Julie Vujevich.

New Resources and Discussions

Discussions and resources continue to grow on the OAC Collaboration Space (use your Ohio Portal username and password to log in). Here are some of the latest conversations and resources, including a few shared through the OAC blog and Twitter @OHAppCollab:

  • PLN: Tweet Peeps – Read about the power of Twitter directly from an Ohio TIF principal, Robert Dodd (@NLHSprincipal). While you're there, take a look at some of his other blog posts. Lots of good stuff! Do you have a blog? Please share in the comments below.

  • What is Mastery? – This discussion continues to grow. What does mastery look like in your classroom? See what your peers have to say and share your thoughts.

  • Looking for Ways to Communicate about Ohio's New Learning Standards? – Visit www.theOHStandard.org to access current and reliable sources of information and resources to help you share the benefits of Ohio's New Learning Standards to challenge and motivate our students. The Ohio Standard is a team of education, business, and community leaders dedicated to successful communication, adoption, and implementation of the new standards.

What's Next

  • CLP Regional Meetings – So far, we've had our East and Southeast regional meetings with CLPs and superintendents. The Southwest regional meeting will take place February 26 from  8:30-11:30 a.m. at Circleville High School. We look forward to covering topics including the Leadership Team Study profiles; ACT data; dual enrollment and professional development needs; and Straight A work and OAC 2.0. 
  • TIF Coordinator Meeting A TIF Coordinator meeting will be held next Friday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Battelle for Kids offices. During this meeting we will be covering topics including preparations for Year 3 award payouts next year and finalizing Year 4 award models. TIF Coordinators should register for the meeting here
  • Leading and Learning Collaborative Workshop – The final Leading and Learning Collaborative Workshop will be held on March 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark, Ohio. Register your team now. Join the conversation on Twitter leading up to and during the event using the hashtag #BFKSOAR.
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Happy weekend!